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2.  Humor


While the music business is a business, and business is generally a serious thing; it is good to have a sense of humor about your endeavor.


To you, it may be your art, your integrity, your career…your life!  To a label head, or their boss, you may be nothing more than a product or commodity.  Hell, that juxtaposition right there is funny.  See?


Yeah, when they try a release and it doesn’t take, your career may suffer…but, don’t worry about them, they are just going to move on to the next project on the calendar.


Anyway: don’t take what you do, or yourself, too seriously.  You’re not a surgeon, or even an ambulance driver.   You’re not out there saving lives (at least not until you reach John Lennon or Bono status).  As touching and poignant your songs may be, you’re an entertainer.


And this business is supposed to be entertaining, and for the most part that means giving people a good time.  Even people like Frank Zappa who were as serious as a heart attack kept a sense of humor about what they were doing.


Plus, some people are just not going to get it, get your music, or get you.  If you keep a sense of humor about this you can say, “screw ‘em” or, better yet, “screw ‘em if they can’t take a joke.”


You better laugh, or you may end up crying.






Originally posted 2014-01-01 22:04:22.